Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014.

Wow, where has the time gone. Contrary to what people might be thinking we are not dead nor have we fallen off the edge of the earth. To say that we've had a lot going on is an understatement.

First off, we're both healthy and happy but my buddy Tucker has had a bit of a relapse with his Vestibular Disease. He's still alert and has his appetite but hes stumbling around pretty badly. Last time it took about a month before he regained his form. Its been about 2 weeks, we'll have to see how it goes. We're trying to remain positive but hes definitely in his twilight years so its only a matter of time. It just doesn't make it any easier.

A couple of months ago I wrote about us deciding to sell the Veranda. After cruising her for a season after the major refit we decided that now was the time. The Veranda is in great shape and the previous years upgrades had proved to be spot on. The Pearson 422 is fairly rare and a very comfortable cruising boat.
There’s a mini cult following and we had the names of 3 couples that were looking for a 422 so we decided to forgo using a broker. The broker would take 10% so we just asked 10% less than we would have so the buyer would have a built in savings right off the bat. They pay less, we still get what we want for the boat so its win win.

One couple was only a 20 minute drive from Annapolis so we contacted them first. Phil & Kathy have been looking at 422's for 2 years and have even had 2 previous boats surveyed in the search for their cruising home. They're intimately familiar with the 422 and spent about 4 hours that first day going over the boat from stem to stern. They verbally committed to buying the boat on that first visit so the gravity of what we were doing hit us. We've got no place to live. Crap.

During the middle of all this the Blue Angels came to town for the first time in years and as always the airshow was spectacular. There were at least a thousand boats anchored out in the harbor for optimal viewing.
Why take pictures when I know John Kelly will be there and he'll do an outstanding job of it.

Also stolen from John Kelly and no, its not photoshopped.  Hes just awesome.
I left work early and gathered up Christy and a cocktail and headed out to watch. We might have won an award for smallest craft as we anchored out in our dinghy but a couple of folks in kayaks showed up.

Feelers went out and Christy started looking for a place to rent. There were hints, rumors and close calls but it was a cruising connection that finally came through. Di, formerly of the Far Niente, let us know that a friend of hers in Annapolis has a huge house and she always had room available for a sailor in need. Perfect.

We drove over and met Carol. We hit it off and now shes got roomates. Christy spent days packing up our belongings. We spent the Memorial Day weekend moving a pile of boxes off the boat. Carol had several rows of shelving available for us to store our stuff on. She hasn't said anything but I wonder what she thought when she saw our 12 rolls of paper towels, 2 dozens rolls of toilet paper and hundreds of cans of beans, corn and anything else you can think of show up on those shelves. She must think we're pack rats.

Once in the house we moved towards selling the boat in earnest. All told, I spent 18 hours going over the boats systems and idiosyncrasies with Kathy & Phil. While hanging in the travel lift for the survey I noted that we had removed 7000 pound worth of stuff from the boat while moving to shore. The survey and sea trial went well so the deal moved ahead. We exchanged signatures for checks and now we're pretty much the only people in Annapolis that don't own a boat.

But life's a funny thing. A couple of days before we sold the boat our new landlord, Carol, took possession of her new boat, a 1988 Tartan 34. So in my free time I've been working my way down her survey list making repairs. We have had the time to take the boat out twice so far. The Tartan reminds us of the boat we had before we owned the Veranda. It takes very little breeze to get her going and she points so well I swear we could go straight upwind. We do miss the Veranda very much but having the Tartan available to get our sailing fix is making the transition to shore a lot easier.

Speaking of the transition to shore. We're planning on spending the rest of the summer here in Naptown before moving south and buying a home on the west coast of Florida. Its been a long time since we've owned a place and for the moment we're enjoying real estate shopping via the internet. Things have changed so much since we left land in 2006.

I'm still using a ratty laptop thats on its last legs. We stopped at a Best Buy the other day just to look at technology.  We stopped in to get a rough idea of whats available and what things cost. Do we get a desktop tower system or an all in one touch screen tabletop model.  Since Windows 8 is out there's going to be a learning curve so should we just bag it all and go Apple? 

Then there’s music. We have more than a thousand CD's in storage but it looks like MP3's are the wave of the future or do we just go cloud based with Pandora or Sirius? Home sound systems have evolved. Do we get a traditional receiver or go with a computer based sound system. There’s so much to learn. Before we left to go cruising we read all we could to prepare for the transition. There were a ton of books on the subject but there doesn't seem to be any guide for coming back to shore. It sounds crazy but we're feeling a little overwhelmed by the choices available to us.  We need a teenager....

After spending an hour with the computer expert we practically ran through the televisions. When we left we had huge box shaped televisions, the biggest of which was 35 inches. And we thought we were livin' the life. We had no TV on the boat and we've never owned a flat screen television. 70 inch TV's dwarf the 46's and the 35 inch monitors, those are computer screens now. Its insane. Oh look, there's even curved “flat” screens now. Christ. Within five minutes of arriving in the TV aisle we didn't know where to begin so we were out of there and on the way to appliances.

Christy's eyes rolled back into her head when she opened a side by side fridge that boasted 27 cubic feet of space. She went right down the row from one to the next just opening them and starring inside. I'm pretty sure she climaxed right there in the aisle at Best Buy when she came upon (no pun intended) a fridge claiming to have 31 cubic feet of space. We just spent 8 years living happily with 9 cubic feet of fridge and now I find out we “need” closer to 30 feet. Then there were washers, dryers and microwaves oh my.

So to recap. Tuckers holding his own, The Veranda is gone, we're living in a house and we're okay with it. We're working here in town and I still have stories to tell so for now the blog will continue.  The Veranda has been renamed so if you run across Kathy & Phil on the Unicorn please be kind to them as they start their new adventure.


Sabrina and Tom said...

I am speechless. I didn't think you were serious. Congrats I guess. And best of luck ashore. Fair dirt? grass? What the hell do land people say? I have forgotten. Hee hee

s/v Honey Ryder Caliber 40 LRC

TJ said...

Hard to imagine the cruising world without the Veranda and her crew ... good luck guys.

Deb said...

I can't say how much everything you did to help us get started has meant to us. It will be a terrible loss to the cruising community but your impact will continue as we pay it forward. We wish you the very best in all your ventures and hope to see you guys again soon so buy a place with a dock will ya?

S/V Kintala

S/V Escapade said...

Hey guys! Congrats and good luck! For your SW Florida thing, may I recommend Cape Coral? Great sailing community, 300 miles of canals lined with relatively inexpensive homes, some fun, funky areas around (Matlacha, Pine Island, St James City), and plenty of work in the marine industry. 30 minutes from RSW airport. We have been here 2 years and are loving it! In any case, good luck and have fun! Hugs to Tuck!

Anonymous said...

Windows 8 is the best windows ever. Don't go crapple. Just get Classic Shell installed and ditch the stupid tablet-esque Metro finger poking junk. Boots in 15 seconds, super stable and performs great on even old junk PCs. Why people pay real money for Apple's version of Linux running on junk Foxcon hardware I'll never understand.

Dan and Nancy said...

OMG! Put me in the crowd who thought the previous post on selling the boat was a prank. Enjoy this next phase of your life. Florida's gain is the Bahamas loss.


Latitude 43 said...

Best of luck you two and thanks for all the advice, sarcasm and humor over the years. Much appreciated.

Paul and Deb
S/V Kelly Nicole

Diana said...

"Names have been changed to protect the innocent"? or guilty.....

johnnyringo said...

Diane is not innocent! LOL! Glad you found a temporary home. Try not to choke as you "swallow the anchor" and become CLOD's.(cruisers living on dirt). Wishing you all well. I'm sure you'll be fine!

Pat and Joan said...

No! OK this only means that we will be stopping by on our way down the west coast for a lobster catching lesson. We are in Kemah right now but hopefully headed that way in a year or so. Best of luck and we would really like to go sailing with you guys when we come by.
Are you going to be in Annapolis for the boat show, yes I know it is a long way off.
We have sailing friends in Cape Coral and they love it. We liked anything on Charlotte Harbor.
Best of luck
Pat and Joan

S/V Island Bound said...

Wow...I thought it was a prank for sure. I also want to thank you for helping us prepare for our cruise. We were looking forward to the lobster catching lessons next winter. Maybe we'll have to catch up with one of your past students! Good luck!

S/V Veranda said...

Thank you all so much for your sentiments. We're still only a few keystrokes away....

Chris Edwards said...

I thought it was an April fools joke too! Please don't forget to blog about the bug catching! Enjoy the Tartan, I sure enjoy my Tartan 37'.

Stephen in SW FL Looking Forward said...

If I can be of help....on your search on the west coast of Florida.. drop me a line....I live Cape Coral... long time should have my email or Lutacrew@ yahoo or will work.. Stephen

Auspicious said...

Look at reefer over freezer fridges. Side-by-sides are a pain - you'll end up shifting things around more than on the boat.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Wow - I can't believe it! I was one of those people who thought it was a joke as well. Your blog has been both an inspiration and a source of laughter for us. Very sad we won't be able to cross paths with you on the water now. All the very, very best for the future on land! Cheers - Ellen

Unknown said...

I wish the best for you on your new adventure. Thank you for all the effort you put into the blog, it was such a great experience reading it for it's education and it's humor, especially during the winter months.

Now maybe you can write that book of yours and I'll get the first copy free and signed by you for free.

Those were your words if you recall.

Can't wait.

Thanks again.

s/v Break'in Away

Anonymous said...

Just checked in and saw your big news. Congratulations! Buy a MAC, get SONOS, and move to Vero!

Jon and Arline Libby said...

All we can say is Thank you and best wishes to your new adventures.
You gave us advise on our way out cruising which meant a lot to us and probably more than you can imagine.